I cannot tell how excited I am about our back2school 2011 outreach that is 10 days away. 1,000 students plus their parents or guardians will come through our building. Our largest and most awesome deal of the year here at our church.
While they are here not only will the students get new shoes and socks, new backpacks and school supplies, gently used clothes and haircuts, but they will hear a story that will give them hope and possibly change their lives. Each student will have their feet washed as one of our team members talk to them about things that really matter in life.
This is flat incredible. You need to hear their stories, the kids and our volunteers. But we still need some things.
First, we need clothes. Everything from little kids to older high school students. If you live in our area and would like to donate, please let me know (or call the church at 276-647-8231).
Second, we need volunteers, team members. This weekend we work to "stuff the bus" with donated school supplies from local people who deliver the supplies to our bus in front of the Martinsville Walmart. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30 to pack the backpacks at the church. The greatest the the day of the big event. From early, EARLY morning till late in the evening serving the students.
Third and most important, we need your prayers. When God's people get together and work hard for the kingdom, our enemy isn't happy. Please pray. Pray for the students, our team members and all the resources we need to make this happen.
This week getting ready for back2school is fun but tiring. I have also had two funerals which meant time to prepare to speak to people about life and about death. I love sharing with people that God wants our lives to count for His good.
I want to share just a few verses that have grabbed my attention:
I want that to my testimony and the truth about the people I lead. Wouldn't that be awesome?
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war."
God strengthens His people. That is us. We are so foolish when we do seek or run to God.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, OLord, my rock and my redeemer.
That's my prayer. God transform me. My life. My words and my actions. My family and what I call important.
In preaching these two funerals I want to share this message. In hearing from others who are amazed at what we do through back2school, I want people to see God more than anything else. I don't change lives God does.
Pray with me that we will be transformed and see those around us transformed by the love of God. This is a great time to be a child of God.